Erin Andrews Receives Outpouring of Support From 'DWTS' Family After Revealing Cancer Battle
The sportscaster's Instagram page has been flooded with well-wishes.
Erin Andrews is being showered with love from her Dancing with the Stars family.
As they stood next to her on the set last fall, they had no idea that the stunning sportscaster was battling cervical cancer.
Cheryl Burke tweeted that Andrews is "one of the strongest women I know."
Her former partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy told People magazine: "i'm happy that she keeps overcoming these incredibly difficult obstacles with a smile on her face."
The sports anchor’s Instagram page has also been flooded with messages of support.
One fan wrote: “So happy to hear you are healthy!"
“You're a warrior!!!! Very inspiring," another posted.
Every year 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,000 women die from it.
According to OBGYN Dr. Rebecca Brightman, there are lessons to be learned in Andrews’ ordeal.
"Women decrease the chances of developing cervical cancer by getting an HPV vaccine, practicing safe sex, and not smoking cigarettes," she said.
Most cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV, for which there is a vaccination.
"The vaccine is available for boys and girls, young adults — typically ages nine to 26," Dr. Brightman said.
It’s recommended that even boys get the HPV vaccine because they can pass on the virus.
Andrews, who is engaged to former NHL player Jarret Stol, will most likely still be able to have children, according to Dr. Brightman.
"As long as a woman has an intact uterus, they can carry on a pregnancy," Dr. Brightman said.
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